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MD Education

Students at the IU School of Medicine Gary campus appreciate the remarkable accessibility to patients and the broad range of clinical experiences that a large and strong urban community can provide. Alumni report stellar preparation for externships and graduate medical education, and graduates of IU School of Medicine’s Gary campus successfully match among their top choices of competitive residencies.

The statewide MD curriculum for IU School of Medicine is enhanced at the Gary campus by full-time faculty with decades of experience in patient case-based learning and clinical integration. The curriculum is also enhanced by a Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) program and student feedback through a student managed Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program.

A robust standardized patient program with six dedicated examination rooms for history and physical training ensures that students develop an early mastery of fundamental clinical skills in the first year of medical school and gain the skills and knowledge needed for graduation, residency, internships and a success career as a physician.

Students at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary benefit from working with volunteer faculty through 11 hospital affiliation partnerships in the area. Students have opportunities to work in primary care, behavioral health, community health centers, mental health agencies and more.

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Student Policies

Medical students at all IU School of Medicine campuses must adhere to the policies and standards established by the university and school. These policies are available at MedNet, the internal communications platform for IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students.

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MD Enrichment Programs in Northwest-Gary

  • Electives
    The IU School of Medicine Northwest-Gary campus offers more than 30 electives for fourth-year medical students, giving each student ample opportunity to pursue focused training in specific areas of interest. In addition to this flexibility for planning an individual program, students benefit from extensive support and guidance. Elective courses in both the basic sciences and clinical sciences are designed to widen the overall student experience in medical education. The electives portfolio also provides students with opportunities to strengthen areas of weakness and/or pursue subjects of special interest.
  • Scholarly Concentrations
    Concentration Topic: Urban Medicine and Health Care Disparities
    This Scholarly Concentration provides students with an understanding of the historical and contemporary barriers that exist for the nation’s medically underserved in urban areas. Through coursework, students will investigate authentic cross-cultural and linguistic issues in health care and be able to demonstrate how sensitivity to such issues improves health care for all. Through scholarly project work, students will act as advocates by developing interventions to address or reduce health disparities.